9 days in Florida Itinerary

9 days in Florida Itinerary

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9 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: San Jose
+2
train + subway + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Miami
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Miami Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  9​h 45​min
End: San Jose

1
day
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Barnacle State Historic Site, then shop like a local with Bayside Marketplace, and finally see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Miami trip planner.

San Jose to Miami is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Jose to Miami. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in December: highs in Miami hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Bayside Marketplace ©
Bayside Marketplace

2
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Fort Zachary Taylor, browse the exhibits of Truman Little White House, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with 7 Artists & Friends. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at Alan S. Maltz Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, steep yourself in history at Curry Mansion, then walk around Mallory Square, and finally don't miss a visit to Florida Keys Historical Military Memorial.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West route site .

Fly from Miami to Key West in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Alan S. Maltz Gallery ©
Alan S. Maltz Gallery

2
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
On the 29th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Discovery Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at The Mall at Millenia, contemplate the long history of Stetson Mansion, and then laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Orlando trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Key West to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Orlando when traveling from Key West in December, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Stetson Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
The Mall at Millenia ©
The Mall at Millenia

2
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 31st (Tue), wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then kick back and relax at South Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, and finally take a stroll through Collins Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Espanola Way, then shop like a local with Ocean Drive, and then shop like a local with Britto Central.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miami Beach travel route builder website .

Fly from Orlando to Miami Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Miami Beach, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District
South Beach ©
South Beach

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